Much has been made of the pay gap between genders in movies in that men usually get paid much more than women for equivalent work. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the men certainly dominate, but one woman has attained a net worth of nine figures, and it’s the one who’s finally getting her solo movie: Scarlett Johansson.
According to a ranking by Geeks on Coffee, the wealthiest frequent Marvel actor is, unsurprisingly, Robert Downey Jr., with a net worth of $260 million. Michael Douglas actually rates higher with $300 million, although the vast majority of that does not come from Marvel. Johansson comes in an impressive fifth on the list, just behind Anthony Hopkins and just ahead of Chris Hemsworth.
For the rest of this list, we’ll focus on the women, who are clearly having their moment with Captain Marvel being a phenomenal success and Black Widow’s solo movie getting ready to shoot. (Please note this list does not include Marvel’s TV shows. Sorry, Rosario Dawson.) Figures come from Geeks and Coffee and/or Celebrity Net Worth.
Scarlett Johansson, $100 million
Johansson topping the list is no surprise, considering she’s been in the most Marvel movies (eight, not counting cameos). Besides that, she’s had the longest and most varied career of the frequent Marvel women, having acted since she was a child. In fact, Forbes named her the highest-paid actress, period, having made more than $40 million in 2018.
Michelle Pfeiffer, $81 million
Pfeiffer, who played the original Wasp, is certainly no stranger to superhero movies, having made a memorable turn as Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. How her stellar career has gone unrewarded by the Oscars is one of showbiz’s great mysteries.
Gwyneth Paltrow, $60 million
The bulk of that $60 million comes from outside Marvel, since Paltrow first made her name in the mid-90s. Outside of her mostly cursory appearances in the Avengers movies, she has scaled back on film lately, concentrating more on her personal brands like Goop.
Cate Blanchett, $45 million
Blanchett is one-and-done so far with Marvel, having made a very memorable turn as the villain Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Although she’s mostly acclaimed for dramatic work like her Oscar-winning turns in The Aviator and Blue Jasmine, she also plays in franchise land, having appeared in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Angela Bassett, $20 million
Basset has made a habit of striking regal figures in movies, whether it’s as the Queen Mother of Wakanda or as Tina Turner in her Oscar-nominated turn What’s Love Got to Do With It
Zoe Saldana, $20 million
Besides her work in the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies and the two most recent Avengers movies, Saldana has also appeared in the Bad Robot Star Trek movies, not to mention the most financially successful movie of all time worldwide, Avatar.
Brie Larson $10 million
Marvel’s newest female hero made a big splash immediately, with Captain Marvel grossing $1 billion worldwide. She also bears the distinction of being the only Oscar winner (Room) to be a Marvel lead.
Lupita NYong’o, $5 million
NYong’o burst onto the scene with her Academy Award-winning turn 12 Years a Slave, artfully juggling indie fare with franchise work including Star Wars and her turn as Nakia in Black Panther.
Elizabeth Olsen, $5 million.
The Scarlet Witch has distinguished herself as the actress of her family, with her twin sisters having concentrated on fashion design. She will reprise her Marvel role in the Disney+ series WandaVision, pairing her with Paul Bettany.
Danai Gurira, $4 million
Playing Black Panther’s fighter Okoye, she made herself memorable with her fierce stare alone. Her other big claim to fame is as a regular on The Walking Dead.
Tessa Thompson, $4 million
Thompson broke big with Veronica Mars before landing the role of Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. That $4 million was calculated before that movie came in, so it’s quite possible that she now ranks even higher.
Letitia Wright, $4 million.
Wright made her mark in Black Panther as the spunky Shuri, who is the Marvel equivalent of James Bond’s Q, the master of all things tech and usually the smartest person in any given room.